Minneapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists
Even the most careful, law-abiding motorcyclists—those who drive and ride responsibly, wear helmets, and obey motorcycle safety laws—can find themselves injured by a careless or reckless driver. Because motorcyclists lack the protection available to those in automobiles, a biker is about 25 times more likely to be killed in an accident than a driver or passenger in a car. And, in approximately three out of every four accidents involving motorcycles and automobiles, the driver of the car is found to be at fault. Despite these sobering statistics, it can still be extremely difficult for a motorcyclist to recover fair compensation after an accident with a motor vehicle. Read on for answers to questions people frequently have about motorcycle accidents, or contact our experienced Minneapolis motorcycle accident lawyers today.
Why are motorcycle accidents so dangerous?
A major and fundamental element underlying all motorcycle accidents is obvious: riders have very little in the way of protection should they be struck by a car or lose control of their motorcycle. As a result, even a low-speed collision can cause significant injuries. In addition, road and driving conditions, such as potholes and debris, which tend to have little effect on cars, may cause significantly greater problems for motorcyclists. In fact, many motorcycle accidents caused by car drivers do not involve collisions at all, but driving behavior that causes the motorcyclist to lose control. Sudden braking, weaving, or lane changing by an automobile driver can have catastrophic consequences for a motorcyclist—without the driver suffering any damages or injuries at all.
Who can be held responsible for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident?
Any person or entity that in any way causes or contributes to a motorcycle accident through his or her carelessness, recklessness, or wrongful conduct can be found at-fault for the accident and held responsible for your injuries and damages. This includes a wide array of potential defendants, such as other vehicle drivers, vehicle and product manufacturers, owners of private or public property, mechanics, and repair shops.
What should I look for in a lawyer following a motorcycle accident?
Just as motorcyclists are especially prone to accidents involving motorcycle-specific factors, pursuing damages after an accident can entail several unique legal considerations. Your Minneapolis motorcycle accident lawyer should have an in-depth understanding of the special engineering and safety concerns of motorcyclists, as well as experience seeking compensation to the full extent of injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents. Insurance companies often try to place blame for motorcycle accidents on the motorcyclist. Your attorney must be able to effectively negotiate with insurance companies, and discredit unfair stereotypes regarding motorcycle rider recklessness.
Gunther Law Office is here to help you get the compensation you need to pay your medical bills, get your motorcycle fixed, cover lost wages, ease your pain and suffering, and reclaim your life. For a free consultation and written case analysis by an experienced Minnesota motorcycle accident attorney, call us or send us an email. We will give prompt attention to your inquiry, and offer home or hospital room visits to those who cannot travel.